Alejandro Jodorowsky Quotes

'Santa Sangre' is the picture I love the best, myself, because 'El Topo' and 'The Holy Mountain' I made with my head, and 'Sant... - Alejandro Jodorowsky

'Santa Sangre' is the picture I love the best, myself, because 'El Topo' and 'The Holy Mountain' I made with my head, and 'Santa Sangre' I made with my feelings, with my heart. It's an emotional picture. And it's more real for me, that picture.
— Alejandro Jodorowsky

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A man doesn't cry. In my life, I've never cried. I cannot do it. I am a man. How will I cry?

Alejandro Jodorowsky

A person is not the same in his life at all times. Your consciousness is developing all the time. When I started making 'El Topo,' I was one person. When I finished that picture, I was another person.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

A true artist is always out of his time.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Accepting death is a massive problem for everybody.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

All my life, I have never found a person who really loved this world. Every person hates the world, how he is.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

All the pictures I could never do, I'll do it in comics. All the comics I do are the pictures I could never do.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Being essentially a creator, I never set out to shock, always thinking about creating my work and not about the benefits it could produce.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Birds born in cages think that flying is a disease.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Books are finished.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Death is an art, you know.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Don't make your living with cinema because Hollywood will take you, will eat you, will destroy you. This is the reality. You have a good picture, have success, you take the person and they destroy you.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Every one of us is a perfect human being, deformed by the family, the society and the culture.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Every person, every artist makes his life an artwork.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Every work of art belongs to his time. I would not paint again the Mona Lisa in the third dimension.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Failure doesn't exist. It's only a change of direction.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Five cats and a woman. That is all I need in life.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

For me 'Dune' was a dream - a big dream!

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For me they are no different, reality and dreams.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

For me, surrealism is in my blood; it's not an effort.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

George Harrison wanted to play the thief in 'Holy Mountain.'

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Human society has dense borders - economic, religious and cultural - inculcated from an early age. We hate change.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I always think that art is a form of sacrifice.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am a poet; I am not a worker. I need to be free.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am an honest artist.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am like a woman. I have a woman inside me.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am like the rain: I go where I'm needed.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am not a commercial industry creator. I don't believe in making art to make money.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am not a man. I am not a human being inside. I am not that. I don't know what I am, but I am not that.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am not a normal person. I am living in a normal body, but my mind is not normal.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am not like Hitchcock, directing the reaction of the public or the audience. I don't like that. I think this is some kind of fascism - 'You need to react like that.' No. No. It's not like this; everyone needs to react as he can.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am old, but I feel very beautiful.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I am still radical!

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I don't believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; it's from another century, it's not for today.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I didn't want to make cinema so a person forgets himself and has a lot of fun. 'I forget myself, I am a little poor consumer.' I wanted to make a picture where someone who sees it say, 'This is me! This is me!'

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't believe in failing. I have dignity.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't have interest in life. Life has an interest in me.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't live in France; I live in myself.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't regret any past. I am not there. I am not sorry not to make pictures, because I know one day I will do it. I intend to live 150 years.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't see myself as a moviemaker only, you know? When I can do a picture, I do. But I don't work like a business, in pictures. I am not obliged to make one picture after the other in order to live.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I don't want to just love my family; I want to love all of humanity.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I feel terrible for directors of TV because all the episodes have to look the same. They make a great series for five or six years, and then when it's canceled, they can't break out on their own.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I felt so alone as a boy because no one wanted to be friends with me.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I grew up in the north of Chile, and this is why there are a lot of religious symbols in my pictures: because the Catholic Church in Latin America is very strong.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I had a big problem working with stars, because they are too expensive and have too many demands. Their names help you raise the money to make the movie, but then they demand close-ups. They change things. You end up doing things at their service instead of servicing the film.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I hated Peter O'Toole. I wanted to kill that guy! When they said he was dead, I was happy. People said, 'Poor Peter O'Toole.' I was happy!

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I have always thought that, of all the arts, the cinema is the most complete art.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I like Hollywood movies. I like them like I like to eat scrambled eggs; I like them for fun.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

I liked Lady Gaga's meat dress. It was funny.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

'Santa Sangre' is the picture I love the best, myself, because 'El Topo' and 'The Holy Mountain' I made with my head, and 'Santa Sangre' I made with my feelings, with my heart. It's an emotional picture. And it's more real for me, that picture.

Alejandro Jodorowsky